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YouthMappers: Mapping the Soybean Value Chain and its Challenges

This blog was written by Bert Manieson, Sabina Abuga and Francis Debrah, students from the University of Cape Coast chapter of YouthMappers. YouthMappers is a consortium of university chapters dedicated to the use of GIS data to better understand issues in regions of extreme poverty where USAID works. The Soy Innovation Lab (SIL) has collaborated with YouthMappers on a student project to generate geographical information systems (GIS) data on the spatial configuration of key installations within the soybean value chain in and around Kumasi, Ghana. This blog post originally appeared on the SIL's Notes from the Field blog on 23 August 2018. The past two weeks has been a very exciting and a lea

Crowdsourcing Environmental Justice - How Mappers are Making a Difference

As YouthMappers we all have a few things in common: we love to make maps and possess the continuous desire to promote human welfare worldwide. As a freshman entering the University of Oregon I had an idea of what my main interests were but had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to study. What I did know was that I loved working with others to find solutions to humanitarian and environmental issues. The only thing I needed to do was find an area of study compatible with these interests. My first experience with GIS and crowd-sourced mapping opened my eyes to a world of new opportunities that I could experience both in the field or at home on my laptop. I’m a tree lover. There’s no

UP RI YouthMappers Chapter Launched

“We don’t just build maps, we build mappers.” This statement echoed the empowering vision of the University of the Philippines (UP) Resilience Institute (RI) YouthMappers, during its launch event last August 18, 2018, held at the National Institute of Geology’s Audio Visual Room, in UP Diliman. The UP RI Youth Mappers chapter is the second chapter in the Philippines and its launching event was organized by UP RI, Map the Philippines (MapPH) and by the three YouthMappers student leaders: Joy Gonzalez, Paolo Pamintuan and King Louie Labadan. The event was filled with informative talks, with Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of UP RI, discussing the mapping efforts of UP RI and the importanc

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